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SHOT Show 18 – Solkoa

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

I’ve been using The SOLKOA Ultralight Multipurpose Aluminum container for my survival kit for several years. It was a big surprise to stop by their booth (#32513) and see they had built me a new one, laser engraved with my logo.

This 6061 Aluminum two-piece container can be used for a variety of purposes including a cooking container.

Available in Small (inside 3 7/8” x 2 3/8” x 1 3/16”, outside – 4” x 2 3/4” x 1 5/8”) and Large (4 3/4” x 2 7/8” x 1 3/8”, outside – 5 1/8” x 3 1/4” x 1 7/8”) sizes and in the following colors: Black, Red, Orange (all with black Velcro) or Tan (with tan/beige Velcro).

Hill People Gear – Slot Pocket Survival Kit

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Hill People Gear teamed up with their friends at SOLKOA to come up with the Slot Pocket Survival Kit. The goal was to hit as many bases as possible in a kit that would go in one of the internal slot pockets on a Kit Bag.

They also made it TSA friendly so you could carry it anywhere, but with the understanding that their customers always carry a good knife when they can anyway. “Slot pocket size” also is great for a variety of other places such as a pants or jacket pocket.

Here are it’s characteristics:
TSA friendly
5 oz
4.5 x 5.5 x 1″
x2 mini fastfire fire starter
x4 rubber patches fire starter
x10 waterproof storm matches
ferrocerium rod
saw blade / striker
1 liter water bag
x6 Aquamira water purification tabs
ACR Rescue whistle
signal mirror
Photon LED micro light
Orange signal panel
15 ft 400lb test cordage
x4 write in the rain paper squares
2 ft duct tape
magnification lens
Type A (highest quality available – made in Japan) button compass

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Solkoa and Hill People Gear “Learn | Prepare” Event

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


This coming Saturday from 9am – 4pm, Solkoa Survival Systems and Hill People Gear are hosting an event at Solkoa’s location in Colorado Springs. The event consists of classes, pack fitting, gear demonstrations, and a raffle. Also, tours of the Solkoa facility including their SERE museum containing artifacts from the American Civil War all the way up through the (unclassified) present. Additional exhibitors include Thunder Beast suppressors, M2TSG Gunsmithing, and AttackPak. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

SOLKOA – Open Enrollement Prolonged Field Care Course

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Rescuers - PFC 2015 Open Enrollment Flyer

Click to view .pdf

For the first time ever, SOLKOA is offering open enrollment for one of their courses. The Prolonged Field Care Course is designed to teach important skills including:

– Advanced Casualty Care
– Development of a Tele-MED Plan
– Critical Medical Intervensions
– And more

The course is being held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 13-17, 2015.

Interested Military & Government medical personnel with credentials may contact:

Dirk Seaton
Director, Medical Programs, SOLKOA Inc.

Slots are limited to 15 students, so act fast if you’re interested and you qualify.

Solkoa Introduces Medical Training at SHOT Show

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

We are entering new territory. Since 2001, deployed troops have, for the most part, enjoyed a great deal of forward deployed support infrastructure, including a vast medical apparatus with different levels of care available almost at your fingertips. As we draw down forces in forward areas, that medical support takes longer and longer to access as it moves farther and farther away from the operational space. For example, small units deployed to AFRICOM can literally be days away from definitive care due to the tyranny of distance across that vast continent with MEDEVAC requiring vehicle transit and airlift.

Solkoa recognizes these changes and is expanding over 10 years of specialized instruction experience into prolonged field care in austere environments. For some, this will be “back to the future”, reclaiming capabilities that existed in the SOF community before the current conflict. But it’s much more than that. Huge strides have been made in medical care over the past decade. Solkoa will show you how to go beyond TCCC and integrate these capabilities into the new reality of advanced remote field care.

Solkoa PFC

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If you’re at SHOT Show and want to know more about training opportunities or their full line of survival products, stop by booth #32513.

SOLKOA – SUMA (SOLKOA Ultralight Multipurpose Aluminum) Containers

Sunday, June 15th, 2014


Machined from a solid billet of 6061 aluminum, SOLKOA Survival Systems’ SUMA – SOLKOA Ultralight Multipurpose Aluminum container is a highly durable, lightweight container purpose built for carrying a survival kit. The container cover includes a rubber gasket to keep out dirt and moisture, and secures to the container body by Velcro One-Wrap straps. In addition to serving as a container, the SUMA is also excellent for digging, melting ice, boiling and purifying water, and even small cooking needs.

Available in Small (inside 3 7/8” x 2 3/8” x 1 3/16”, outside – 4” x 2 3/4” x 1 5/8”)


Large (4 3/4” x 2 7/8” x 1 3/8”, outside – 5 1/8” x 3 1/4” x 1 7/8”)

sizes and in the following colors: Black, Red, Orange (all with black Velcro) or Tan (with tan/beige Velcro).

SOLKOA Survival Systems – New Brand Name Clears Up Market Confusion

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

SOLKOA, Inc. recognized their civilian brand, Fastfire, did not effectively represent their many non-fire related survival products so they have initiated SOLKOA Survival Systems for their consumer survival products line. This includes the SUMA Survival Kit I use.

With more than 200 years of combined instructor experience among its professional staff, SOLKOA, Inc has been quietly producing a wide variety of highly-specialized emergency survival capabilities along with its expert instruction for the US military and other high-risk organizations since 2005.

SOLKOA’s specialized military survival gear usually contains sensitive items that will never be available to the civilian market, but SOLKOA’s Fastfire brand created some market confusion making it difficult for SOLKOA to clearly promote their expanding civilian product line.

The SHOT show directory lists their overall corporate name SOLKOA, Inc. and they will be in booth #32513 in the law enforcement and military section; you should drop by and visit with them, they are the real deal and I rely on their products.

So from now on the civilian products line will be SOLKOA Survival Systems.

SUMA Survival Kit from Solkoa – Available Now at Austere Provisions Co

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The FastFire SUMA Pro Survival Kit is a professional grade survival kit by Solkoa has traditionally only been available to government clients. I’ve seen the kit in their booth at SHOT Show and asked every year if it would be commercially available. Finally, they’ve added it to their commercial line, FastFire. It comes packed in a SUMA Container along with an Emergency Blanket, and two individually packaged FastFire cubes.


The SUMA container (2-1/2″ x 4″ x 1-1/2″) is machined out of billet 6061 aluminum, which makes it four times lighter than stainless steel and half the weight of titanium. Hard anodized it is suitable for cooking or to boil small amounts of water for purification and can also be used for digging. I know a lot of guys who use these on the job modify the containers by applying sticky Velcro to the lid and attaching a flag or other near recognition symbol to the face.

The packed SUMA Container includes the following items:
– (1) Compact multitool wrapped in a section of inner-tube to suppress noise from rattling
– (1) 3.5″ Carbon steel hack saw blade
– (1) LED Coin type light with lanyard
– (1) P-38 Can opener
– (1) Ferro rod
– (1) Signalling whistle
– (1) Signalling mirror with reflective tape
– (1) Magnifying lens
– (1) Compass, oil filled coin type
– (1) Baggie, zip type
– (1) Pill bottle, amber
– (1) Wire, 24″ length
– (10) Matches, NATO type with striker (individually wrapped)
– (4) Tinder, Cotton wool type (individually wrapped)
– (2) Safety pins, Small
– (2) Safety pins, Medium
– (6) Water purification tablets
– (1) Roll of high strength braided line
– (1) fishing kit, assorted weights, hooks, and float
– (1) Tape, Duct type 2″x24″ tan
– (1) Needle, sewing type with cover
– (1) Pad, clean medical type appr. 2″x2″ (individually packaged)
– (1) Triple antibiotic ointment, 0.5g packet
– (1) Pencil with attached eraser
– (5) Weather resistant paper

I cannot recommend this kit enough after purchasing one earlier this year from Austere Provisions Co. Oftentimes I am approached by friends and asked about survival kits. Granted, the best advice is to make your own, but many lack the time or experience necessary to assemble a kit that has just the right amount of “stuff.” Some will keep adding and adding to their kit until it’s too big. Others will leave out a critical item. Solkoa has assembled an excellent kit that you can add to your equipment. Whether carried on a first-line belt, in a pack, or the trunk of a car, it’s a great insurance policy. If anything, you’ll find that it makes an excellent base to add to, as you learn more about what works and doesn’t work for you.

I’ll add one word of caution; practice. Become familiar with your kit, no matter whether it’s the SUMA, a kit from another company, or one you’ve made yourself. The last place you need to become familiar with your kit and how it works is when you really need it. Learning how to start a fire when you’re already cold, tired and hungry is a recipe for disaster. The packaging of the SUMA is well suited to opening the kit and repacking as well as customizing.

The SUMA Survival Kit is available now with Black or FDE case from